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Local students to get a competitive edge

Kelly Homar, a senior chartered legal executive, is one of 14 industry professionals that have been chosen to represent different sectors of the local business community. A common concern among employers is that today’s young candidates often lack the skills they need to be able to ‘slot into the workplace effectively’. Schools try to help pupils by delivering careers advice and guidance but Doncaster Chamber of Commerce aims to help schools in the borough go one step further by giving pupils a better knowledge of how businesses operate and what employers look for. Following on from the success of a similar event which ran at Ridgewood School last year, local Chamber member businesses will meet with students at Hall Cross School and give them a valuable insight into Doncaster’s business landscape.   Some of the 15 to 16 year old GCSE students, who have previously tailored a CV and covering letter to a specific job advert that they have been given, will then take part in interview sessions, while their peer groups observe. Kelly will form part of the interview panel whose job it will be to help students improve their interview technique.  Kelly knows first-hand what can be achieved by hard work and hopes the students will benefit from her experience. Having begun her legal studies in 2002, it took 10 years of hard work and determination for Kelly to achieve her current senior status within the law firm.   The skills sessions are scheduled to take place in early July.

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